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Black ice cream - Dr. Axe

Black Ice Cream: An Activated Charcoal Treat for Detoxification

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Move over vanilla ice cream — there’s a much more interesting and healthy option just waiting to be eaten: black ice cream!


  • 2 cups full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 cups condensed coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons activated charcoal powder
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder


  1. Freeze the freezer bowl for at least 9 hours or overnight.
  2. In a medium-size saucepan, on medium-low, mix milk, condensed milk, starch, honey, vanilla extract, cacao powder and charcoal. Don’t let this mixture come to a boil.
  3. Pour mixture into a bowl, cover and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour before making ice cream.
  4. Assemble ice cream maker and turn on the rotating freezer bowl.
  5. Pour ice cream mixture into the freezer bowl and allow to churn for 15–20 minutes or until desired consistency.
  6. If you like your ice cream thick, pour the mixture into a container, cover with parchment paper and store in the freezer for about 1 hour.
  7. Serve with your favorite ice cream toppings.


  • Swap the honey for another natural sweetener, such as maple syrup, to make this recipe vegan.
  • Add healthy toppings of your choice, such as nuts and sea salt.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Mixer
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 177g
  • Calories: 420
  • Sugar: 11.3g
  • Sodium: 25mg
  • Fat: 40.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 35.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.1g
  • Fiber: 6.6g
  • Protein: 5.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg